John Barrows grew up in Pacifica CA, and has been painting since he was five years old. His interest in art began when his father did a few paintings and his mother showed him art books in the local library. He took his first art class in the seventh grade and continued his art education through to earning a BFA in Illustration from the San Francisco Academy of Art University. John is trained by master artist Fiorello Tossoni in the techniques of the 19th Century Italian Macchiaioli painters. The first piece he sold was to his high school art teacher.
Artist John Barrows at work on his painting, Eternal Neferteiti Oil on Panel
- BFA in Illustration from the San Francisco Academy of Art University
- Studied the techniques of the Old Masters with master painter Fiorello Tosoni in Todi Italy. Master Tosoni commented that John chose difficult subject matter but did it well.
- 2012 Student participant at The Illustration Master Class, focusing on Science Fiction and Fantasy artwork
- Society of Western Artists, Redwood City, CA
June-August 2012 62nd Annual Exhibition, Who’s Watching?, oil painting
December-January 2012 Exhibit, Sailing at Alcatraz, oil painting
- Graduation art show at the San Francisco Academy of Art college gallery.
Private exhibition of his work at the Periwinkle Art Gallery
- The Old Firehouse gallery where he received several first and second place awards.
- Exhibition at the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara, CA.
Art direction for the movie It’s a Digital World filmed at Universal Studios. The movie shows several paintings that John did for it.
Over twenty years of freelancing with illustration and fine art.
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